Fifteen years ago this month, my husband and I were married. As the last in-law to join his family, I wanted to make a good impression at our first Christmas together with his side of the family. So I decided to bring a decadent dessert that I had never tried before. Bold move on my part, owing to the fact that I was not exactly seasoned in the kitchen. I chose to make an apple cheesecake torte and, to my surprise, it was an instant hit. So over the years, my apple cheesecake torte has come to be expected at our family holiday dinners. And I’m happy to oblige.
However, two years ago things changed. My son’s diagnosis of Celiac Disease put the brakes on the traditional shortbread crust that this recipe calls for. I remember the first few weeks of cooking and baking gluten free there was so much to learn and at times it felt overwhelming. The diagnosis came one week before Thanksgiving. That dinner was a blur as we were still learning what was safe to eat. But by the time Christmas dinner preparations began I was a bit more confident and ready to try to rework some of my past successes. Imagine my delight when, on the shelves of my regular ol’ grocery store, I spied Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Shortbread Mix! It was exactly what I needed to easily bring back my torte.
Notice I said easily. That was so important for me back then. I didn’t have to spend time experimenting with different flour mixes, operating in a world that still had so many unfamiliar terms. It was already done for me, wrapped up in a Bob’s Red Mill package and all I had to do was simply bake. I think it was then that Bob’s Red Mill gained my loyalty. As far as my torte was concerned that Christmas, no one detected anything different. My reputation remained intact within the family and my gluten free life was off to a great start.
- One package Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix
- 1-1/2 sticks Butter, softened
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 8 ounce package Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 5-6 small Apples, peeled & thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 450˚F. Line the bottom of an 8 inch springform pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides with cooking spray. Follow directions on Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix packaging. You will be instructed to divide the dough. Press one half of the dough into the springform pan and half way up the sides. For filling, in mixing bowl beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla and egg. Pour over crust. In a small mixing bowl, combine sliced apples with sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Mix well. Pour apple mixture over top of cheese mixture. Using a spoon, push the crust down on the sides, even with the apples. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400˚F, bake 20 – 25 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate.
Heykidfoodie.com is a collaboration between Kid Foodie, a 10 year old food lover with Celiac Disease, and his mom. They started the blog to provide opportunities for Kid Foodie to enjoy fresh, delicious food and to inspire other kids and parents to expand their culinary horizons. Through videos, recipes and foodie field trips, they hope to show that kids can be excited about healthy foods even in spite of dietary restrictions.